Stop funding the wars

To the Editor:

This is a copy of a letter I have written to Senator John F. Kerry.

I remind you that Edgartown and Tisbury voters passed a resolution at their/our 2011 April town meetings to stop funding U.S. military activities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Our reasons for passing the resolution remain, and include: (1) we wish to halt the killing of Americans, Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis, and (2) we wish to halt our nation’s economic crisis. We believe that our present military expenditures are excessive, and are preventing us from adequately funding much-needed domestic programs, such as those for education, healthcare, etc.

Please use your experience, skill, and position in the Super Committee to recommend substantial cuts in our country’s military budget, now. Cutting the Pentagon’s $545 billion base annual budget 25 percent would allow the committee to meet its $1.5 trillion, 10-year reduction target and would please your constituents throughout Massachusetts.

Thank you for giving this letter your consideration, and look forward to receiving your response.

Chris Fried

Tisbury